June 16. The catechist posed a very difficult question to the young people. “This day is a holiday in South Africa now but it was no holiday more than 40 years ago when the student uprising in Soweto in 1976 took place. The political struggle against apartheid was waging on many fronts. Young people took the initiative and rose up for their rights fighting against an unjust educational system. The police responded, shot at the students and general chaos erupted in the country. Families were torn apart and racial tension was at a peak. Those youth of the 1970s and 1980s are the parents of today, some even grandparents.. Socially much has changed for the better over the years but tensions do remain and many young people remain marginalised and concerned about their future at this time of Covid-19 especially. I want to ask you young people to consider this question. “If Jesus was here now what would he say and what would he do? “
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good. Matt 5:43-48.
Pope Francis: Many young people whether by force or lack of alternatives live by committing crimes and acts of violence which destroy many young lives. Young people suffer forms of marginalisation and social exclusion for religious, ethnic or economic reasons. As a Church may we never fail to weep before these tragedies of our young. CV72-75.